Grund Technical Solutions (GTS) was established in 2008 and is considered a leading supplier of ESD Testing and Simulation equipment. The GTS Management Team has over 50 years experience in the field of design, development and manufacturing of ESD testing solutions.
GTS manufactures a series of modular standard products and develops and manufactures customer-specific (custom) ESD test equipment. Established customers and partners include multiple Tier 1 IDMs, fabless semiconductor companies and independent testing facilities. GTS is located in Silicon Valley with offices and engineering facilities in Milpitas, CA.
Technical innovation is a company characteristic. GTS has a proven track record of innovation, reliable products and responsive customer technical and service support established through close collaboration with customers.
Senior staff are active, contributing members of the respective ESD Standards bodies and working groups, and are well informed of current needs, trends and opinions in ESD testing.
Support & Operations
Roger Watkins is a majority shareholder in Grund Technical Solutions (GTS). He worked at Stag Test and Measurement as the Project Manager and mechanical designer for the Paragon 1024 pin ESD test system – the world’s first test system over 1000 pins. Stag was acquired by Verifier Systems (UK) and after several years at Verifier the company was relocated to the Lowell, MA in the USA from the UK. Roger led the integration of Verifier Systems product line to the US and then joined Oryx Instruments as Operations Manager.
In 2008 Roger joined Grund Technical Solutions. GTS has pioneered 2-pin ESD testing and recently introduced a CDM tester – the Scorpion – which Roger has a joint patent on the design of the Contact-First CDM head. Roger is an active member of the ESDA attending standards meeting and symposiums.
Technical & Consulting
Evan Grund is the founder of Grund Technical Solutions (GTS). Formerly he served as vice president of Oryx Instruments and as a site manager with Thermo Fisher Scientific, working with ESD testing for both companies. Over the last two decades, Evan has designed a variety of HBM, MM, Latch-up, HMM and CDM test equipment. He introduced Kelvin TLP and probe card based TLP.
Evan has patents issued in the fields of data processing, optical measurements, power control systems, TLP, HBM, HMM and pending patents on ESD testers. He has been a frequent presenter at ESD Forums, International ESD Workshops, EOS/ESD Symposiums and a member of their technical program committees and received a Best Paper Award from the German ESD Forum. Evan is a Lifetime Member of the ESD Association and active with their Standards Working Groups on device testing.